Srinagar, May 19: India and Pakistan armies exchanging heavy fire along the International Border in Jammu district on Friday is an indication that relations between the two countries have hit an all time low.
“As in the past, each country has accused the other of initiating the border skirmishes and violating the ceasefire agreement. This year, soldiers from the two nations have engaged in fierce border skirmishes along the rugged and mountainous Line of Control, as well as a lower-altitude 200-kilometer boundary in Jammu and Kashmir,” an analyst told 365postnews.com.
He said, “Both the countries have not been at talking terms for the past nearly three years as the gunfire has replaced the political engagement. Nine people were killed in the cross border firing just one day before the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jammu and Kashmir.”
A Kashmir watcher said, “New Delhi has made it clear to Islamabad that it has to stop talking about Kashmir and supporting militancy and militants’ active in the Valley. But Islamabad has not changed its Kashmir policy and continues to support the militants and separatists in Kashmir.”
“The Government of India announcing a Ramadan ceasefire in Kashmir has had little impact over the relations between the two countries. Armies of both the countries exchanging heavy fire on the 2nd Ramadan is an indication that ground situation is grim and peace is still a distant dream,” he added.
A politician said, “The mainstream camp in J&K especially the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is projecting the ceasefire announced by New Delhi as its biggest achievement. The PDP wants the truce to continue beyond Ramadan and it be followed by a dialogue at all the levels. It looks like that PDP is asking for too much as Pakistan seems least interested in talks and wants to take the war to the next level.”